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100 metres Backstroke, Men

Date30 – 31 August 1960
LocationStadio Olimpico del Nuoto, Roma
Participants37 from 27 countries

At Melbourne in 1956 Australians David Theile and John Monckton had gone 1-2. They had also set the last two world records coming into Rome, with Monckton holding the current mark of 1:01.5. Theile had taken off 1957-58 while he was in medical school, but he recovered well from that lack of training. In the Rome final he won somewhat comfortably, with two Americans, Frank McKinney and Bob Bennett, placing second and third respectively. Monckton was even with Theile on the outward lap, but misjudged the wall and hit his head, eventually placing seventh.

1David TheileAUS1:03.1 (1 h4)1:03.1 (1 h1)1:01.9 (1)Gold
2Frank McKinneyUSA1:02.4 (1 h5)1:03.8 (1 h2)1:02.1 (2)Silver
3Bob BennettUSA1:02.0 (1 h2)1:03.7 (3 h1)1:02.3 (3)Bronze
4Robert ChristopheFRA1:04.0 (1 h3)1:03.7 (2 h1)1:03.2 (4)
5Leonid BarbiyerURS1:03.5 (2 h2)1:04.3 (3 h2)1:03.5 (5)
6Wolfgang WagnerGER1:04.7 (3 h1)1:03.9 (2 h2)1:03.5 (6)
7John MoncktonAUS1:04.4 (1 h1)1:03.8 (4 h1)1:04.1 (7)
8Veiko SiimarURS1:04.6 (2 h4)1:04.6 (5 h1)1:04.6 (8)
=9Graham SykesGBR1:04.8 (2 h3)1:04.7 (5 h2)
=9Jürgen DietzeGER1:04.0 (3 h2)1:04.7 (4 h2)
11Pedro DizARG1:04.7 (2 h5)1:05.0 (6 h2)
=12Stig-Olof GrennerFIN1:04.7 (3 h5)1:05.2 (7 h1)
=12József CsikányHUN1:04.5 (2 h1)1:05.2 (7 h2)
=12Kazuo TomitaJPN1:04.7 (4 h1)1:05.2 (6 h1)
15Herman VerbauwenBEL1:05.0 (5 h1)1:06.2 (8 h1)
16Giuseppe AvelloneITA1:05.4 (3 h4)1:06.5 (8 h2)
17Bob WheatonCAN1:05.7 (3 h3)
=18Claude RaffyFRA1:05.8 (4 h5)
=18Gilberto ElsaITA1:05.8 (5 h5)
=20Alejandro GaxiolaMEX1:05.9 (5 h3)
=20Jan JiskootNED1:05.9 (4 h2)
=20Bengt-Olov AlmstedtSWE1:05.9 (4 h3)
=23Friedrich SudaAUT1:06.0 (5 h2)
=23Mihovil DorčićYUG1:06.0 (6 h2)
25Haydn RigbyGBR1:06.2 (4 h4)
26Julio CabreraESP1:06.5 (6 h1)
27Raúl CerqueiraPOR1:06.7 (7 h1)
28Athos de Oliveira JúniorBRA1:07.9 (6 h3)
29Enrique RabellMEX1:08.0 (6 h5)
30Kazuo WatanabeJPN1:08.4 (5 h4)
31Lorenzo CortezPHI1:08.7 (6 h4)
32Rolf BurggrafSUI1:11.0 (7 h4)
33Joram ShniderISR1:11.1 (7 h2)
34Rudy MullerLUX1:12.3 (7 h3)
35Dimitrios KolovosGRE1:13.8 (8 h1)
36Ünsal FikirciTUR1:15.2 (8 h2)
37János KonrádHUN1:19.9 (7 h5)

Round One (30 August 1960 — 20:40)

Fastest 16 advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

14John MoncktonAUS1:04.4Q
23József CsikányHUN1:04.5Q
35Wolfgang WagnerGER1:04.7Q
46Kazuo TomitaJPN1:04.7Q
52Herman VerbauwenBEL1:05.0Q
67Julio CabreraESP1:06.5
71Raúl CerqueiraPOR1:06.7
88Dimitrios KolovosGRE1:13.8

Heat Two

14Bob BennettUSA1:02.0QOR
23Leonid BarbiyerURS1:03.5Q
35Jürgen DietzeGER1:04.0Q
47Jan JiskootNED1:05.9
56Friedrich SudaAUT1:06.0
62Mihovil DorčićYUG1:06.0
71Joram ShniderISR1:11.1
88Ünsal FikirciTUR1:15.2

Heat Three

14Robert ChristopheFRA1:04.0Q
25Graham SykesGBR1:04.8Q
33Bob WheatonCAN1:05.7
42Bengt-Olov AlmstedtSWE1:05.9
57Alejandro GaxiolaMEX1:05.9
66Athos de Oliveira JúniorBRA1:07.9
71Rudy MullerLUX1:12.3

Heat Four

14David TheileAUS1:03.1Q
25Veiko SiimarURS1:04.6Q
36Giuseppe AvelloneITA1:05.4Q
42Haydn RigbyGBR1:06.2
53Kazuo WatanabeJPN1:08.4
67Lorenzo CortezPHI1:08.7
71Rolf BurggrafSUI1:11.0

Heat Five

14Frank McKinneyUSA1:02.4Q
25Pedro DizARG1:04.7Q
33Stig-Olof GrennerFIN1:04.7Q
42Claude RaffyFRA1:05.8
56Gilberto ElsaITA1:05.8
67Enrique RabellMEX1:08.0
71János KonrádHUN1:19.9

Semi-Finals (31 August 1960 — 8:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

15David TheileAUS1:03.1Q
23Robert ChristopheFRA1:03.7Q
34Bob BennettUSA1:03.7Q
46John MoncktonAUS1:03.8Q
52Veiko SiimarURS1:04.6Q
61Kazuo TomitaJPN1:05.2
77Stig-Olof GrennerFIN1:05.2
88Herman VerbauwenBEL1:06.2

Heat Two

14Frank McKinneyUSA1:03.8Q
27Wolfgang WagnerGER1:03.9Q
35Leonid BarbiyerURS1:04.3Q
43Jürgen DietzeGER1:04.7
51Graham SykesGBR1:04.7
62Pedro DizARG1:05.0
76József CsikányHUN1:05.2
88Giuseppe AvelloneITA1:06.5

Final (31 August 1960 — 22:40)

14David TheileAUS1:01.9OR
22Frank McKinneyUSA1:02.1
33Bob BennettUSA1:02.3
45Robert ChristopheFRA1:03.2
51Leonid BarbiyerURS1:03.5
67Wolfgang WagnerGER1:03.5
76John MoncktonAUS1:04.1
88Veiko SiimarURS1:04.6